The Collectiva Diva’s Top 5 Tom Hardy Films (That Will Blow Your Mind)

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Edward Thomas Hardy. A man’s man and a lady’s wet dream. The (sometimes) bearded British sex god who isn’t afraid to show his wang every now and again. I have long obsessed over this man’s ability to grow a thick and gorgeous face blanket, his multitude of tattoos and scandalous body. Oh, and have I mentioned he’s one of the most talented, versatile actors on the silver screen? He’s worked with the best and continues to churn out amazing movies. You probably know him as Bane, the Dark Knight’s back-breaking nemesis in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) or  Eames, the sexy grifter from Inception (2010). Perhaps he caught your eye as the quiet, cardigan-wearing thug in Lawless (2012), or as the adorable Handsome Bob in RocknRolla (2008) but Tom has also been in a slew of English and American films since stepping on the scene with the mini-series Band of Brothers in 2001. Here are my favorites. You’re welcome.


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1) Bronson (2008)

My friends think me odd when I tell them this is my go-to movie for a quick cheer up. Tom plays notorious British criminal Charlie Bronson in this intense biopic about a disturbed young man who doesn’t seem to receive proper mental health care and thus is thrust into a cycle of violence, doomed to live out his adult life in the prison system, although he never killed anyone. In other words, Tom plays a sexy psychopath who fights a lot and wields a killer ‘stache. What’s not cheery about that? It is obvious from the opening credits to the very last scene that the actor has no problem devoting himself fully to the role he plays. The man acts his ass off and conversely, received enough attention from this particular film that finally the Americans started to pay attention. Hence, Tom with 7 Hollywood blockbusters since Bronson. This film is also where, I feel, Tom developes his trademark grunt and moan technique seen in Lawless, Bane and (my fantasies tell me) the bedroom.

2) Stuart a Life Backwards (2007)

Benedict Cumberbatch shares the screen with Tom in this true story of a homeless junkie, Stuart Shorter, and writer Alexander Masters (Cumberbatch) who befriends him and eventually writes Stuart’s life story. Now that I’ve got introductions out of the way, if you’ve seen this film, you know that Tom Hardy steals each scene that he is in with his commitment to Stuart’s character. The intense sadness he projects along with realistic mannerisms create a magnificent characterization typical of Tom’s roles. The accent, the limp and facial expressions meant to reveal late stages of MS all transform the actor into Stuart. Tom also has a crazy, bloody, naked scene that isn’t sexy at all but, instead, one of the most powerful scenes in the movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy in the 2007 TV adaptation of Stuart: A Life Backwards.

3) Wuthering Heights (2009)

**Nerd alert**

Tom Hardy is the only person I want to see in the role of Healthcliff, ever. The hair! The broody brow! The period clothing! The intense story of love, loss and insanity is brought to life by Tom and Charlotte Riley. Tom and Charlotte, his real-life fiancée, play the roles of Heathcliff and Cathy flawlessly, although it might just be the obvious sexual tension that makes me wholeheartedly believe that. Before their relationship was anything more than friendship, the couple heated up the screen as much as a Victorian period piece, Masterpiece Theatre as-seen-on-public-television mini-series can. If you are a fan of the Brontë sisters, wicked Trickster archetypes, unshowered Victorian men or just want to spend a few hours on the English moors with a brooding Tom Hardy, this movie will fulfill all of those needs. Oh, and Sheriff Rick Grimes a.k.a. Andrew Lincoln has a substantial role in which he sports his lovely English accent. What a treat!


4) Warrior (2011)

On the surface, this looks like a bro-film. The kind of movie that dudes see together and then go out for hot wings and beer. This is not a chick flick, by this chick’s standards. Still, as I forced myself to watch a buff and tatted Tom Hardy spar against an equally tough Joel Edgerton, I found myself struggling through some very intense emotional scenes between Nick Nolte, who plays the father of brothers Joel (Brendan Conlon) and Tom (Tommy Conlon). Honestly, I was so emotionally distraught that by the time the climax of the film came along, I was pretty much balling like a little baby. I legitimately wonder how many dudes welled up with tears during this story of brother against brother and an estranged father trying to make it right. While Tom’s character is consistently shirtless and sweaty, that is not what makes him stand out in this movie. It is the sensational acting by all three lead characters that bring this story to a head and caused me to flip-flop sides on who I wanted to “win” the big fight up until the very last scene until the writers tell me who I want, by penning a perfect ending to this tale of family strife.


5) Star Trek Nemesis (2002)Marie Antoinette (2006), RocknRolla (2008), Inception, (2010), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), This Means War (2012) and many more…

Tom Hardy gets around. While I won’t go into details about each of these films, suffice it to say that this man has talent and sex appeal to spare. My biggest issue is that he doesn’t take his shirt off enough in these pictures and that This Means War was a horrible film IN SPITE of the suitporn. No, but really, what I admire about Tom is that he willingly transforms into a character–physically, mentally and emotionally. He immerses himself into a role and connects to audiences with his raw passion and skill. I have complete faith that this man will only become a stronger actor in amazing roles, for a very long time. But please, Tommy, steer clear of horribly written American Rom-Coms.

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